Alanis Morissette Schedule: Queen of Alt-Rock Angst and 1990s Female Artist
One of the most impressive aspects
of alternative music during the 1990s was the rise in female musicianship. The 90s saw the riot girl bands like Bikini Kill,
Huggy Bear, Bratmobile, Sleater-Kinney that was part of the underground feminist punk rock movement. There were also female-led
bands that were prominent during that time like Hole, Garbage and Elastica and, of course, the female singer-songwriters like
Fiona Apple, PJ Harvey, Bjork, Tori Amos, Jewel, Lisa Loeb, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow and Natalie Merchant. Many of these
female singer-songwriters closed out the 1990s at the Lilith Fair, which focused on female musicians and even donated to women's
charities across North America. One of the women who is responsible for leading the way for future female performers is Alanis
Morissette. Despite not being on the lineup for Lilith Fair, she was given the title "Queen of alt-rock angst" by Rolling
Stones Magazine. It is irrelevant to argue the importance of Alanis Morissette's pivotal role in alternative rock, but also
having played it as a woman. Like the riot girls of the 90s, Morissette took on a strong female voice in the music she created.
Fans from the 90s and today are not missing a chance to see this incredible talent that has been impressing audiences for
over a decade.
About Female Artist Alanis Morissette: Hand In My Pocket, Ironic and Head Over Feet
Morissette is a native Canadian musician that has created a successful international music career. The singer-songwriter was
born in Ottawa to parents who worked in education. Her mother was a teacher and her dad a principal. Alanis started her career
at an early age on Canadian kids television programming and later made a demo in 1985 called "Fate Stay With Me." Although,
it was not until 1991 that Alanis Morissette released her debut album on MCA Records Canada. It was a dance-pop release that
went platinum and included the song "Too Hot." There were a number of songs off the album that were on the charts, making
Morissette quite popular in her home country of Canada. She was referred to the "Debbie Gibson" of Canada and even compared
to Tiffany. She received a number of Juno Awards and even opened for Vanilla Ice. She made a second album "Now Is the Time,"
but it did not find the success of the first and it represented the end of her first record deal, which was for two albums.
Morissette decided to move to Toronto after high school graduation where she worked on "Jagged Little Pill." In an interview,
the comedian Dave Coulier claimed that one of the song's off the album inspired the song. While Alanis Morissette has not
responded to his comment about the song "You Oughta Know." Dave Coulier and Alanis Morissette dated during the early 1990s.
Since dating Dave, she was engaged to Ryan Reynolds after meeting him at birthday party for Drew Barrymore. After the two
ended their engagement, Morissette married the Mario "Souleye" Treadway, who is a rapper. The two have a child by the name
of Ever Imre. Alanis Morissette is many things: a powerful female singer-songwriter, performer, talented music artists, "Queen
of Alt-Rock Angst," wife and mother.
Alanis Morissette Breakthrough: Jagged Little Pill
As it turns out,
sometimes the third time is the charm and that is the case with "Jagged Little Pill." By 1995, Alanis Morissette signed a
record deal with Maverick Records. When the label released "Jagged Little Pill" it almost instantly got a lot of radio play
with "You Oughta Know" and was exactly what Alanis Morissette needed to breakthrough to becoming an international alternative
rock musician. The hits that followed were met with a lot of enthusiasm from a large audience and making a huge impression
on its female audiences. The other hits to get radio play off of "Jagged Little Pill" were the songs "All I Really Want,"
"Hand in My Pocket," "You Learn" and "Head over Feet." The song that was Alanis Morissette's biggest hit was "Ironic." What
was relatively ironic is that "Jagged Little Pill" became such a big hit in spite of every record company that they initially
approached passed on it. The record labels did not expect for it to blow up as big as it did. This was the album that led
to both Juno Awards and Grammy Awards and a big and what was noted as a stressful tour. It was a relatively intense time for
Alanis Morissette that she started practicing yoga and went to India for an extended break before getting back to work. When
Morissette returned from her holiday she was busy collaborating with other musicians and another album that found critical
accolades but less record sells that "Jagged Little Pill." Alanis Morissette has continued to make music and be active in
the industry over the years and even took another hand at acting in Kevin Smith's Dogma as "God," episodes of Sex in the City
and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and had a role in "The Vagina Monologues." In more recent years, she has been on the television
show "Weeds" and played a role in an off-Broadway production of "The Exonerated." In other exciting news, keep an eye out
on StubHub for tickets to see Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" on Broadway! It will be a workshop production in 2014.
If it worked for Greenday with "American Idol," it only makes sense to do it with "Jagged Little Pill." After all, the album
sold 33 million copies worldwide and is still the best-selling debut album by a female artist in the United States. It was
even the top-selling album of the 1990s, according to Rolling Stone Magazine.
Alanis MorissetteTrivia: You Can't
Do That On Television
During the 1990s, audiences made the connection between their favorite singer-songwriter Alanis
Morissette and a young character from the kid's television show You Can't Do That On Television. While Morissette was only
on a few episodes when she was in elementary school, it is a fun fact for fans that watched the Canadian programming that
first aired in 1981. It was sketch comedy-style with young people as the comedic actors that referenced various aspects of
pop culture that would be understood by their peers. Some of the running jokes were having water dumped on your head when
it the word was said or green slime doing the same when the phrase "I don't know" was expressed. There is one episode in which
Alanis expressed to her mother that she would like to be a rock star. Her mom explained to her, "She will not have any daughter
behaving like that because they [rock star] are a bad influences. They dress funny, make strange noises and they act weird
all the time." Not too long after explaining the rationale for why her daughter should not be a rock star, the father walks
acting weird, dressed funny and making strange noises. This episode from when Alanis had a go at acting in her pre-teen years
is interesting in retrospect when seeing what she has accomplished as a female alternative rock star.
Morissette Live Show Experience: You Oughta Know
Alanis Morissette has an incredible singing voice that is powerful
and will make an audience silent listening to and hanging on to every word or makes the audience feel empowered to sing along
to songs that they have sung in their car since 1995. By now, "you oughta know" that seeing Alanis Morissette live is a must.